California

California grid operator opens doors for behind-the-meter batteries, distributed resources

A measure allowing behind-the-meter batteries to get paid during periods of electricity oversupply was among the measures approved by CAISO last week. Several of the changes are expected to assist with the integration of higher levels of renewable energy.

Centrica moves into West Coast solar with Vista acquisition

The British energy and services company’s acquisition of the California C&I solar contractor is the latest among a number of moves it has made into solar and batteries.

Up to 10 GW more solar, 2-2.5 GW of batteries coming in California

The state’s recent passage of SB 100 and SB 700 is expected to spur a boom in solar and behind-the-meter battery deployment, and pv magazine has done the math on what we can expect.

GIP launches renewable energy developer, acquires 4.7 GW of SunPower assets

Clearway Energy Group has been formed from NRG’s renewable energy businesses and SunPower’s project pipeline.

Clean energy wins and losses in the California Legislature

While California passed a 100% clean energy mandate and energy storage subsidy extension last week, bills for grid regionalization and accelerated procurement of renewable energy died.

RBI Solar integrates, literally and figuratively, SolarBOS

Gibraltar Industries, owner of solar racking company RBI Solar, of Cincinnati, OH has acquired balance of system designer SolarBOS, of California.

California energy storage subsidy extension passes Assembly

A bill to extend the SGIP program through 2026 and add nearly 3 GW of behind-the-meter energy storage has passed the California Assembly. It will now go to the Senate to be reconciled before going to Governor Jerry Brown.

California bill would require 2.5 GW more wind, solar before tax credits expire

AB 893 has been amended to require utilities in the Golden State to procure 2,500 of “tax advantaged renewable energy”, as part of 5 GW of procurement by 2030. And with the state’s legislative session concluding at the end of the week, the race is on.

100% clean energy passes California Assembly

The largest political hurdle has been cleared for the world’s fifth-largest economy to eliminate carbon emissions in the electricity sector. The state has also set a 60% by 2030 renewable energy mandate.

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Solar now makes up more than 10% of electricity in five states

Massachusetts has joined California, Hawaii, Nevada and Vermont in the club of states where solar represents 10% or more of in-state generation. Solar made up 2.4% of total generation in the United States during the first half of 2018, with solar and wind together making up slightly less than 10%.

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